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The Development of Chinese Martial Arts Fiction
A History of Wuxia Literature


Part of The Cambridge China Library

  • Date Published: October 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107069886

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  • Chen Pingyuan is one of the leading scholars of modern Chinese literature, known particularly for his work on wuxia, a popular and influential genre of historical martial arts fiction still celebrated around the world today. This work, presented here in English translation for the first time, is considered to be the seminal work on the evolution, aesthetics and politics of the modern Chinese wuxia novel in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, tracing the resurgence of interest in classical chivalric tales in China.

    • Presents the seminal work of one of China's leading literary scholars in English translation
    • Explores one of the most influential genres of martial arts fiction in the world
    • A major contribution to our understanding of the development of modern popular Chinese literature and culture
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107069886
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Wuxia novels and me
    1. The Xiake dream of the literati through the ages
    2. Haoxia stories of the Tang and Song dynasties
    3. Xiayi novels of the Qing dynasty
    4. Twentieth-century Wuxia novels
    5. Carrying a sword and doing Xiake deeds
    6. Sweet revenge
    7. The smiling proud Xiake
    8. Roving to the ends of the world
    9. Wuxia novels as a literary genre
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Chen Pingyuan, Peking University, Beijing

    Introduction by

    Michel Hockx, University of Notre Dame, Indiana


    Victor Peterson

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